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Sayonara takes its own sweet time to unfold; in so doing, it permits us to make intimate acquaintance with its characters, so as to better understand their multitextured motivations. The film is set in Japan during the Korean War. While on leave, pugnacious American soldier Red Buttons falls in love with Japanese maiden Miyoshi Umeki. Given the army's official policy against interracial marriage, Buttons is courting a court-martial. His best friend, major Marlon Brando, tries to talk Buttons out of "ruining" his life. Brando himself is about to marry Patricia Owens, the daughter… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Logan's message picture about interracial marriage is made more enjoyable by the then novelty of locations shooting in Japan as well as likable performances from Marlon Brando, Red Buttons, and rest of the cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The supporting cast is remarkable, especially Red Buttons."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Engaging drama of servicemen in Japan. Top acting by all."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Brando's terrific performance elevates an otherwise unexceptional, though well-intentioned, film"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The main plot points have become dated over time, nevertheless the action still feels sincere."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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